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Let me be clear… I haven’t the slightest idea what happened to the dude in this latest still from the zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax and director Manuel Carballo (Exorcismus). That being said, I can’t wait to find out!
LevelFILM has acquired U.S. rights to The Returned, a Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax. The zombie thriller stars Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire, and Shawn Doyle.
Directed by Manuel Carballo and from the producers behind the [REC] franchise, The Returned will be released in U.S. theatres and on VOD day-and-date on February 14, 2014. Deals are also in place for Latin America, Taiwan, the Middle East, Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and Canada.
Set in a post-zombie world, a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the “Returned” are able to live relatively normal lives; but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that Protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful, and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret – Alex is Returned. Suspicious of a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility “for their own safety,” the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and with few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned?
“The Returned is a smart, slick, and suspenseful thriller; and we are excited to be working with Manuel Carballo,” commented levelFILM’s David Hudakoc. “Manuel has created a very raw portrayal of survival, and we are confident The Returned will continue to showcase how talented he is as a filmmaker.”
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